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Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Liability

Our firm has been defending claims involving medical malpractice, medical devices and pharmaceuticals for over 30 years. Some of our attorneys also have prior hands-on experience in critical care medicine, nursing and the pharmaceutical industry. This group of experienced defense litigators constitutes our firm's Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Liability Practice Group.

The practice group's contemporary focus is upon the expanding role of defense counsel in light of the increasing number of drugs and devices moving through the investigational and clinical trial stages and entering the marketplace in response to the heathcare challenges of this new millennium. As 78 million Baby Boomers advance steadily towards their senior years, drugs and devices to prevent and treat chronic illnesses are proliferating. Reproductive technology, gene therapy and enhanced longevity present both great promise, as well as new and complex legal and ethical issues. As all this technology flourishes to enhance the quality of life, the role of defense counsel in assisting and defending researchers, designers, manufacturers and vendors of drugs and medical devices will necessarily increase in order to permit these entities to continue to provide these cutting-edge products and services with a minimum of interference from unjustified litigation assaults.

The practice group is positioned to defend its drug and medical device clients by providing a significant blend of strong advocacy and cost containment. Our paramount goal is to provide the very best litigation results within the boundaries of economic reality. The practice group represents self-insured and insured manufacturers and sellers of prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, as well as medical device manufacturers and vendors, including such devices as implants, prostheses and hospital equipment from hospital beds to highly sophisticated diagnostic and critical care devices.

The members of this group have extensive experience in handling national MDL matters and have served as national and coordinating counsel in litigation involving such pharmaceuticals as DES and Fen-Phen, Rezulin, PPA and herbal ephedra dietary supplements, and medical devices such as pedicle screws, blood filters, cardiac stents, breast implants, radiation implant devices and latex gloves. Further, our firm is well staffed and technologically prepared to handle the litigation demands of mass torts and complex litigation.

Dec 1, 2008
Attorneys obtained a defense verdict in an ephedra case brought by a 36 year old man who claimed that an over-the-counter dietary supplement containing ephedra cause him to suffer a massive stroke. The jury deliberated almost five and one half...
Aug 25, 2008
Attorneys obtained a defense verdict in an ephedra/basilar artery stroke trial. Plaintiff suffered a brainstem stroke after ingestion of a dietary supplement containing ephedra, which contains ephedrine, which is in a class of drugs loosely...
Law Alerts October 2, 2015
The plaintiff brought this product liability action against the manufacturer of an artificial knee replacement system asserting claims for manufacturing and design defect. The defendant filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that the plaintiff’s..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2015 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Law Alerts April 11, 2013
Gynecare Prolift pelvic mesh is a product made by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon. It is used to treat organ prolapse and urinary incontinence. The plaintiff Gross filed suit in 2008 claiming she underwent 18 surgeries to correct injuries..., Case Law Alerts - 2nd Quarter 2013
Law Alerts April 11, 2013
The defendant pharmaceutical companies make generic Phenytoin Sodium; the brand name of the designer drug is Dilantin. Dilantin and the generic Phenytoin are anti-epileptic drugs used to slow down impulses in the brain that cause seizures. The...
Articles May 24, 2011
Mondaq: Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration, May 24, 2011
Defense Digest Article September 1, 2010
To be a superior defender of drug and medical device liability cases requires a complement of lawyers and paralegals with medical, technical and scientific experience and proficiency, and damn good trial skills. Fortunately, Marshall Dennehey has..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 3, September 2010
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2010
Pennsylvania -- Class Action , Key Points: The "fraud on the market" theory has extremely limited application. Statistical evidence cannot replace traditional proofs in a class action claim involving misrepresentation..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 2, June 2010
January 16, 2013
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin is pleased to announce that Leslie M. Jenny, Esq., has joined the firm as a shareholder in its Cleveland office. An experienced litigator, Jenny brings her statewide medical malpractice litigation practice to the firm's growing health care department....


Stephen A. Ryan
Chair, Birth and Catastrophic Injury Litigation Practice Group
(610) 354-8254


David J. Krolikowski
Co-Chair, Medical Device & Pharmaceutical Liability Practice Group
(610) 354-8291

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